TheHardTackle looks at the playing style of Chelsea midfielder Ramires and analyses how Mourinho has been using his skills in a defensive capacity this season.   Signed from Benfica in 2010, Ramires was a fairly unknown quantity to Chelsea fans. Being a Brazilian, it was inevitable he would bring a certain flair and pace to the game. When they saw him in action for the first time against Stoke in the Premier League, little did they know that a man with such a small build would go on to become one of the finest midfielders Chelsea have signed recently. Bringing a new dimension to Chelsea’s play with his vision, he prides himself on his ability to cover for the defense and join the attack, when required. Playing style: Most coaches would describe Ramires as a pacy right-midfielder with lots of stamina, determination and an ability to win the ball. He is your typical box-to-box midfielder and can play anywhere in […]

The position of a Central Defensive Midfielder in football has undergone a lot of changes over time and is a mandatory position in modern football. Despite being so important, why the players of this ilk do not get the credit they deserve? THeHardTackle analyses the different breeds of a central defensive midfielder and tries to highlight the role they play on the pitch.